This account is currently not available.

Warning, enabling your root account might pose extra security threads. If you don't care, read on :)

When you want to use the root account via su -, but you are getting this message it might mean that the shell is wrong in /etc/passwd. You'll get the following symptons

[vi-admin@vad ~]$ sudo su
This account is currently not available.

You can fix this by using the sudo vi /etc/passwd . You should fix the root line by changing the shell from /sbin/nologin to /bin/bash. for example


Save the file and you should be able to login.


  1. The system don't let me modify the file

  2. I have same problem
    user is not in the sodoers file. This incident will be reported